Recent Viewpoints

March 22, 2019
humanoid robots

Penna Dexter In the aftermath of the recent college admissions scandal, the Wall Street Journal’s Peggy Noonan issued a warning in a column she titled: “Kids, Don’t Become Success Robots.” Ms. Noonan sees a certain kind of narcissism in these parents who have attained great success themselves, but who will cheat to get their kids in schools they don’t qualify for. We’ve gotta ask: Is this really about their kids? Or about them? These parents, she explains, “aim their children at…

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March 22, 2019
Bill of Rights - First Amendment

Kerby Anderson Americans don’t know much about the Constitution, and it apparently is getting worse. Nine years ago, I wrote and recorded a commentary about constitutional illiteracy. Back then I quoted John Whitehead (Rutherford Institute) who testified before a subcommittee of the Senate Judiciary Committee concerning the rule of law. He provided some alarming statistics based upon a survey done about ten years ago. They found that only one in four Americans could name more than one of the freedoms…

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March 21, 2019
white hat vs black hat

Kerby Anderson We are a divided country, but it may be worse than we imagined. An article in The Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences discussed what is called “motive attribution asymmetry.” That’s a technical term for the assumption that your ideology is based on love and your opponent’s is based on hate. Put another way: we are the good guys, and they are the bad guys. They discovered that the average Republican and the average Democrat today are as…

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March 20, 2019
steep credit card debt

Kerby Anderson Earlier this month the Federal Reserve reported that credit card debt for Americans hit $870 billion as of December. That makes it the largest amount ever. Obviously, credit card debt goes up in December because of shopping for Christmas, but this number is way above the credit card debt load in the past. Nearly 480 million credit cards are in circulation, which is up 100 million from a decade ago during the recession. Using credit cards to purchase…

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March 19, 2019
Medical Cost Word Cloud

Kerby Anderson Last week I went to my doctor for a check-up and took my family out to dinner. My experience as a consumer was very different between the two. The restaurant had total transparency. The menu not only had the prices of the items but pictures of most of them. We knew exactly what we were getting and how much it would all cost. I even mentally calculated the tip before I received the bill. At the doctor’s office,…

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March 18, 2019
Religious Freedom Restoration Act

Kerby Anderson In a recent column, David French reminds us that not so long ago, “religious liberty lawyers were a quirky, somewhat cool, and tiny subset of the legal profession.” They were defending the rights of home-school families and the religious rights of Native American Indians. You could fit the “entire religious–liberty bar in a single mid-sized hotel conference room.” That is no longer true today. He calls these conservative religious-liberties lawyers the “virtual Seal Team Six of the culture…

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March 15, 2019
Thinking Exchange conservative liberal

Kerby Anderson In a previous set of commentaries, I talked about the interview Nick Pitts and I did with Jonathan Haidt on his book, The Coddling of the American Mind. Then I saw an essay that quoted his earlier book, The Righteous Mind, where he talked about “the conservative advantage.” As a liberal, he wrote the book because he “was convinced that American liberals did not get the morals and motives of their conservative countrymen.” In one study he did…

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March 14, 2019
is healthcare a human right

Kerby Anderson The political justification for more government intervention into America’s health care system is the claim that health care is a right. Proponents of the Affordable Care Act in the past made this claim. Current members of Congress pushing the Medicare for All Act also make the claim that health care is a right. Let me start by saying that health care is not a right, at least as properly understood. But even if you accept that it is…

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March 13, 2019
Sweet Potatoes - AOC

Kerby Anderson For the last few decades, we have been scolded by everyone from radical environmentalists to simple back-to-nature advocates that we have an overly industrialized society. It must be dismantled. We need to adopt the ways of the past. I thought about this when reading a commentary by Jeffrey Tucker. He was watching a video by Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez who was trying to explain why the earth is headed for an ecological disaster and why we probably shouldn’t be having…

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March 12, 2019
Mr. Smith Goes to Washington

Kerby Anderson Is it possible that sometime in the future, the US Senate will end the filibuster? When he was a Senate Majority Leader, Harry Reid ended the filibuster for judicial nominees. That was done to help President Obama get nominees through Senate confirmation. Now it is helping President Trump with his nominees. David French is concerned that Democrats might want to end the filibuster in the future, and that “could break American politics.” He raises this question because of…

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March 11, 2019
venezuela-poverty

Kerby Anderson Venezuela is a total economic and humanitarian disaster. Inflation is rampant. The inflation rate has already exceeded two million percent. All supplies (including toilet paper) are in short supply. Medicine is unavailable in most of the country. Food shortages along with the crumbling economy have forced people to change their eating habits. All are losing weight and battling malnutrition in what has become known as the “Maduro diet.” President Nicolás Maduro is the one of the reasons for…

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